BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State volleyball team took on it's second opponent of the season on Saturday morning, facing the University of Tulsa on day two of the 2009 Boise State Bronco Invitational. The Broncos (0-2) were unable to hold off the Golden Hurricane (2-0), falling 3-1 in Bronco Gym.
Mirroring their Friday night performance in the first set, the Broncos came out with enthusiasm and energy, feeding off the supportive Bronco crowd to win 25-22. In their second and third sets, the Broncos were not able to sustain the tempo, falling 25-10 and 25-15, respectively. The fourth and final set, however, Boise State was able to regain their liveliness and fight to a close 25-21 loss.
Two Bronco newcomers led the pace with freshman Liz Harden tallying a team high of 12 kills and a .320 hitting percentage. Sophomore Breann Nesselhuf racked up 10 kills to rank second amongst the team as well as leading the team with 25 assists, three service aces and two block assists.
Sophomore Amanda Remy had another solid day, contributing eight kills, nine digs and a .250 hitting percentage. Junior Lauren Hamm led the team in digs with 12 on the day while senior Jeanene Rose shared the match high in service aces with Nesselhuf (three each).
Freshman setter Kirsten Duren made a big impact on the team as well Saturday morning adding 16 set assists. With Duren in the match, Nesselhuf switches from a setter to attacker adding depth to the offense.
Tulsa's Jennifer Eichler racked up the match high of 13 kills while Julia Kenealy added a high of six block assists and an impressive .750 hitting percentage (9-0-12). Setters Jordan Clampitt and Rachel Vukson added 22 and 21 set assists, respectively while Jessica Adams garnered 16 digs for a match high.
With two of the three sessions complete in the Bronco Invitational, Boise State has only one match remaining on the weekend. Tulsa will take on Northern Arizona in a 5 p.m. match Saturday evening while the Broncos host Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m.